Residency in Ministry is a program designed by the Mississippi Conference Board of Ministry to provide provisional members of the Mississippi Annual Conference with support and guidance that will nourish continued theological education, spiritual formation and practical skills for ministry. “Provisional members are on trial in preparation for membership in full connection in the annual conference as deacons or elders. They are on probation as to character, servant leadership and effectiveness in ministry” (Book of Discipline).
The RIM program helps nurture fruitful effectiveness and prepares residents for membership in full connection. RIM has three broad goals:
Through RIM every effort shall be made to develop the holy habits of the disciplined life of mutual accountability through peer groups, mentoring and the practice of spiritual disciplines. All provisional members participate in RIM for two to eight years. Participation in RIM begins upon completion of educational requirements for ordination.
If you have questions about RIM, please send a message to RIM@mississippi-umc.org
Director of Spiritual Leadership
Rev. Dr. Larry Hilliard